Upper Dolpo Trekking

Trexmount Ventures's Upper Dolpo Trek is one of the most culturally rewarding trekking destinations for visitors to Nepal. This itinerary offers an immersive experience of the isolated communities and the long-held cultural traditions of the locals in the region. Witness awesome views of the world's seventh highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 26,795ft) together with Api and Saiphal, Kagmara Himal, Kanjibroba, Mukut Himal and more. Another highlight of this itinerary is the incredible views of the Himalaya Shangri-La - the land of the snow leopard and blue sheep.

Starting with an incredibly scenic fifty-minute flight to Nepalgunj, close to the border of India, you then take another short flight to Jhuphal (2,320m/7,611ft). Here, the journey begins with a three-hour trek to reach Dunai (2,850m/9,350ft), the district headquarters of the Dolpo region.  Trekking through the valley heading towards Phoksumdo Lake near Ringmo Village – spend some time enjoying the lake - the perfect place to get acclimatized to the altitude before continuing on to Shey Gompa (otherwise known as the Crystal Monastery). Shey Gompa is located in an isolated, far flung corner of the Himalaya near the south west Tibetan border. Explore this fascinating place that lies beneath the towering Crystal Mountain - an area well described in the classic novel Snow Leopard by Peter Mattessian after he visited in the early 1980s.

Continuing the adventure and leaving Shey Gompa,return via an alternate route that offers even more beautiful scenery and opportunities to experience the local traditions and customs.The locals of this region are very similar to the Tibetans in terms of beliefs and culture. They have combinedtheir own ancient religion of Bon and the present Buddhist culture, as practiced in daily life. The Upper Dolpo Trek would not be complete without a visit to the high pass of Saldang-La (5,200m/17,060ft) before reaching the village of Saldang. One of the larger villages of the area, Saldang is also home to Thinley- the main character in the movie Caravan later changed to Himalaya, shot in the late 1990s by a French producer. The trail then leads past Yangze Gompa and Sibu (4,560m/14,961ft) heading towards the last pass crossing of the trip, Jeng-La (5,090m/16,699ft).

Trekking through the villages of Tokyu Gaon (similar to Dho Tarap), explore Dolpa and take the chance to meet the warm-hearted locals. Leaving the highlands, we make the return journey through Tarakot, another of the interesting villages along the way and our last village stop. With its ancient dzong (fort) and history as a trading post on the caravan route through Nepal/Tibet as it is still today, it is well worth exploring. Leaving Tarakot it is just a few hours trek to Jhupal and the short flight back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Day 1
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will conduct a pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meeting will covers trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance copy).

Day 02:   Kathmandu: Free day for Trek preparation
Breakfast, free day for trek preparation. You can do your own activities OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting fascinating world heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as Hindus holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03 Kathmandu to Nepalganj by flight.
In the afternoon transfer to Kathmandu domestic airport for a 50 minute scenic flight to Nepalgunj, a transit place for another flight to the Dolpo region. Nepalgunj is warm with sub tropical temperature. It is located close to UP border of India. There are beautiful view with panoramic vistas of chain snow capped peaks during the flight. Overnight in the Hotel.

Day 04: Fly to Jhuphal (2,320 m-7,611 ft) then trek to Dunai (2,850 m-9,350 ft)
Early morning transfer back to Nepalgunj airport for another flight to Jhuphal in Dolpo. We have excellent view of mid hills, dotte villages and farm fields during this 25 minute flight.  We will start the hiking after meeting your porters for the trek. Dunai is district headquarter of Dolpo where you have overnight in the first trekking day.

Day 05: Trek to Ankhe (2,896 m-9,501 ft) – 06 hrs.
We start with crossing a suspension bridge with a gentle climb into the other side of Thulo Bheri River valley. We will follow the river valley and cool forest to reach Ankhe for overnight.

Day 06: Trek to Sumdu Sulighat village (3,500 m-11,483 ft) -06 hrs.
We begin with short gentle ups and downs into the forest to reach the river side from where we climb to a ridge above the river and descend to cross a small bridge near Ryajik village and gentle climb before reaching at Sulighat village in Sumdu.

Day 07: Trek to Phokshumdo Lake (3,500 m-11,483 ft) – 05 hours.
We start through the Phokshumdo valley in a confluence Pungmo Kholas (streams). Cross the west side of Phokshumdo Khola to follow Pungmo Khola on the west bank. Ascending to Reach Ringmo village which is an interesting traditional Tibetan like village with chorten and Mani (prayer) walls. We walk little further to reach beautiful turquoise colored Phokshindo Lake. 

Day 08: Rest day at Phokshumdo Lake for acclimatization.
A pleasant and wonderful place for a rest day for acclimatizing which is important before hiking into higher, With a leisure in the morning, take a  short hike to explore the pretty village and meet the locals with their rich old traditions.

Day 09: Trek to Phokshumdo-Khola (3,640 m-11,942 ft) – 05 hrs.
From this beautiful spot, our journey continues to reach other highlights of this trip. Our route contours a rocky shelf over a river bank towards western end of Phoksumdo Lake. Arrive at a summer grazing field, opening into the vast flood plain of Phokshumdo Khola and stop here for overnight by the riverside. 

Day 10: Trek to Phokshumdo Bhanjyang (4,420 m-14,501.31 ft) – 07 hrs.
From this isolated area, morning walk begins on a gradual path towards a glacial valley which leads north of Phokshumdo khola. Arrive at another confluence where another small stream joins. Walk over a long ridge through grazing area. After a good ascending to reach a ridge top which is offering fabulous scenery of another wide valley and the Kang-La pass on the trail to Shey Gompa.

Day 11: Trek to Shey Gompa (4,500 m-14,764 ft) via Kang-La (5,360 m-17,585 ft) -06 hrs.
We start to reach our main destination, Shey Gompa and the Crystal Monastery today.

We will be starting with steep uphill climb over slated stone to reach on the top of Kang-la pass at 5,360 meters, the highest point of this adventure. Enjoy a super vista of valleys and snow capped peaks as far towards Mt. Dhaulagiri range.

After a great moment, we descend to the river bank, then on the wet marsh and meadows. See herds of yaks, sheep, goats, nomad’s shelters. Slowly reach a red chorten (Buddhist monument), a relief sign. This long hard trek comes to magnificent Shangri-La at Shey Gompa beneath the Crystal Mountain. 

Day 12: Rest day at Shey Gompa the Crystal Monastery.
Another rest day to marvel the beauty of this mysterious and fascinating place, Visit Shey Monastery, Sheymeaning crystal in Tibetan and the native language. This monastery is also known as Crystal Monastery. It was described in the Peter Matthiessen novel The Snow Leopard. Crystal Mountain is located east of Shey Gompa, strangest and mystical Crystal Mountains, as beams with contorted cliffs laced with quartz, embedded with rich variety of marine fossils. 

Day 13: Trek to Namduna Gaon (4,800 m-15,748 ft) via Saldang La (5,200 m-17,060 ft).
Leaving certainly this strangest and supernatural spot, we will be heading towards farms and villages to the lower Dolpo area with Saldang and Namuna villages. Follow the path lined with juniper trees and descending into a canyon. The trail winds up to Saldang-la pass providing awesome views of surrounding hills and valleys. We will be walking towards a pasture land of yaks, sheep. Take a gradual walk to reach Namduna Gaon which is a nice village with an old monastery of Karmapa of Tibetan Buddhism sect. Namduna Gaon is a farm village that harvests only one crop a year mainly barley, As other villages in the area grow buckwheat’s, mustard, potatoes and radish. 

Day 14: Trek to Saldang (3,620 m-11,877 ft) -05 hours.
We start in a steep rocky slope and dusty barren. After few hour’s climb, reach Saldang another impressive village that is located above a plateau  which is one of the largest villages of inner Dolpo area.

In Saldang there are five villages a prosperous village spread out area. Saldang is the prime village of Dolpo area. It is known not only for its agriculture product, but also for being a major location for trade and caravan route to Tibet. 

Day 15: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4,960 m-16,273 ft) – 05 hrs
This great journey leads on to a least visited area by other trekkers. Follow the Nang chu River most of its way in this windswept scenic trail. We hike ups and downs pass to reach Tiling and Lurigaon, a smaller settlement. Walking little further will get into the Yangze village with an old Bon-Po Monastery. Bon–Po or Pa is a pre-Buddhist 6th Century religion that originated before Buddhism came reached Tibet around 6th Century. 

Day 16: Trek to Sibu (4,560 m-14,961 ft) – 07 hrs.
Our route retracing the path towards Saldang village, This route is more straight forward and shorter to Sibu and beyond. Re-cross the path to reach Saldang village. The path follows the river into terraced fields with rows of stupas, chortens and a monastery. We hike through Namdo village which is another large flourishing village with more than 60 houses. Here visit an old impressive Namdo monastery. Descend towards the river side a sheppard’s temporary settlement at Sibu grazing land. 

Day 17: Trek to Jeng-la phedi (4,900 m-16,076 ft) -06 hrs
Our return journey leads through many grazing pastures after visiting cultural villages. The morning walk follows Nam Khong Khola (stream) for an hour. Encounter a yak caravan laden with Nepali goods for trade on the way to Tibet border on this old Trans Himalayan Trade route. Follow the same river for for sometime and turns east to confluence of two smaller rivers. We will hike uphill towards Jen–la Pehdi.

Day 18: Trek to Tokyu Gaon (4,200 m-13,780 ft) via Jeng la (5,090 m-16,699 ft) – 06 hrs.
We start quiteearly in the morning to cross the last high pass of this adventure. After a gentle climb, reach on the top of Jeng-la marked by prayer flags and stone monuments. Enjoy magnificent views of the distant Dhaulagiri mountain range and towards the west Kagmara, Kanjiboraba Himal. We will start descending to reach Tokyu Gaon. Tokyu Gaon is a pretty village with monastery which is one of the oldest of this area. Have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating village and its monastery. The people of this area belong to both Bon-Po and Chaiba sects of Tibetan Buddhism (Mahayana), living together in friendly harmony. 

Day 19: Trek to Dho Tarap (4,040 m-13,255 ft) – 05 hrs. 
We start descending towards a wide green valley of Tarap Chu. Pass temporary shelters of Yak herders. After a nice break with great views, walk to Dho Tarap for overnight. Explore this nice village populated mostly by people of Tibetans and the Magar tribes.  

Day 20: Trek to Tarap Khola (Kamekharka) (3,800 m-12,467 ft) – 08 hrs.
Today WE going to walk one of the longest trek of this trip. As the country changes, reach the lower Dolpo area.  Enjoy a moderate walk on gradual path with few up hills and down. Enter a wide valley and which narrows into a gorge. Take-in the vegetation of juniper, wild rose, and blueberry bushes which is typical in this dry arid landscape being that it is in the inner high Himalayan of the arctic temperate zone.  You may encounter some wild life including herds of blue sheep before reaching into Tarap Chu and Lang Khola, which flows from Tarap River beyond east and originates from the glaciers of North West Dhaulagiri Himalaya range.

After a pleasant trek come to a wonderful grassy field of summer pasture called Kamekharka.

Day 21: Trek to Kharigaon (3,150 m-11,516 ft) – 05 hours. 
After few days of camping in complete wilderness in nice grazing fields, today’s walk leads back to a small village of Khairgaon.  Walking beside Tarap River and enter a deep gorge. Mount above a path built on sheer stony slopes.

The walk into a narrow gorge provides some challenge. We will cross over a flood damaged to reach Kharigaon.

Day 22: Trek to Tarakot (2,850 m-9,350 ft) – 05 hrs. 
The walk today leads to another most interesting and exciting village at Tarakot. Continue heading to the lower side of Dolpo area through Lalberi village and then into tree lines of willow, poplars and junipers. We will follow the river downstream to Tarakot village which is a picturesque village with neat terraced cultivated fields and an old fortress. Tarakot is a village of old interesting history as this place, even before Gorkha king and Shah dynasty who has an ancient capital during Malla period and had forts known as Dzong.

Upon reaching Tarakot village, visit its famous, old Sandul Gompa, standing between the confluence of Barbung Khola and Tarap Chu.  After an interesting tour of this village, overnight near a monastery on the shelf of a grassy plateau. 

Day 23: Trek to Dunai (2,850 m-9,350 ft) and drive to Jhupal (2, 320 m-7612 ft) – 01 hr.
Our outstanding adventure is coming back to impressive village Dunai. Walk a short distance to a motor road before driving with a jeep to Jhuphal and for the flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 24: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
We will transfer to the airport for the flight to Nepalgunj. At Nepalgunj with time to refresh in this warm area, in afternoon catch another flight back to Kathmandu and then transfer to hotel.

Day 25: In Kathmandu with cultural tour at places of interest
This day reserved day in case of flight delay at Jhuphal due to unfavorable weather conditions. On this extra day, you are free to do your own activities. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 25: Departure:
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for  departure towards your next destination. Meals included: Breakfast


    –        Airport Pick up and drop transfer by car, van or bus depend on group size.
    –        Private Ground transportation as per itinerary
    –        All round flight from Kathmandu-Nepalganj- Kathmandu and Nepalganj –Juphel-Nepalganj.
     –       3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Nepalganj with Breakfast.
    –        Private room during the trekking (Tea House section).
    –       24 Breakfast 20 lunch and 22 Dinner

    –        Dolpo Special entry permits.
    –        TIMS Permit.
    –        An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipments.
    –        Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
    –        Trek bag

    Taxes are included


    –       Meals as Mention in the inclusive list. 
    –        Tips to staff or any donations.
    –        Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in kathmandu & Nepalganj.
    –        Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation (Just in case).
    –        All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold drinks, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks).
    –        All personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.


    Free cancellation up to 50 days prior departure, 50% of deposit will be refunds 30 days prior to departure after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.




    We are happy to refund and transfer your deposit amount of advance payment after your tour cancellation under the goodwill of our Cancellation policy. However we won't take responsible for Bank Transfer fee, if it has applied.  



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